Thursday, January 29, 2015

Homemade Bacon



Tried making my own bacon last Christmas and it was a hit! I served it as Bacon Steak like in the restaurants which is sliced about 1/2 inch thick.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From my Garden II


Let me introduce you to Roselle also known as Hibiscus Sabdariffa. The petals and fruit is steeped to make a delicious tea. It's health benefits include reducing hypertension and weight loss. 

Recipe for iced tea (Agua de Jamaica)

4 red calyses (petals of its fruit) 
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 cups water
simple syrup or honey, to taste

Steep petals and ginger in water for --- minutes. Cool, add your favorite sweetener and ice. 



Can anyone tell me what the name of this plant? I bought it in Tagaytay but forgot.



This plant is called Cardinal's Guard. It is one of my remembrances of my mother-in-law. Her helper gave me cuttings from her house (Mama's place as my boys called it) when she passed away. So each time I see these flowers, I remember Mama.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Black Rice Salad with Asian Dressing



Healthy eating doesn't mean boring food. This colorful dish has the zing as well as interesting textures. Fun food!

Ingredients

Asian Dressing:

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp grated or minced garlic
1/2 tsp grated or minced fresh ginger
4-6 pcs crushed mandarin oranges from can
1 tbsp raw honey
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Blend and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Salad:

2 cups cooked Black Rice *
1 cup cooked black beans
grated carrots (or chopped finely)
cooked corn kernels
sliced fresh snap peas
diced red bell pepper
sliced basil leaves

* Soak black rice for at least 1 hour before cooking. 1 cup uncooked rice, 2 cups water. Slow boil until liquid is absorbed into the rice. Taste doneness by biting into rice. If the center is still starchy, add 1/2 cup water and boil a few more minutes. Cool rice before preparing the salad.

Refrigerate salad. Toss in dressing right before serving.


Minestrone





A wonderful hearty soup to fill you up. Adding pesto wakes up the taste of freshly picked vegetables.
Best served the day after but still delicious as soon as it's made. Make a large batch and freeze in individual sized containers for a quick meal. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

From my Garden I


A wonderful surprise in my garden, a pineapple fruit!

This plant is about 12 years old and it has only bear fruit now. Blame it on the unusually cool weather early this year.








A friend of mine gave me some organic liquid fertilizer which I dilute and spray once a week. It contained molasses and seaweed. In 3 weeks, a lot of my flowers bloomed. This one is called Bleeding Heart.







This is called Mickey Mouse plant. It had never bloomed this much. 

My friend is a gardener and bee keeper. She is encouraging me to use organic fertilizers and to grow more flowers for her bees. All over the world, the bees are getting sick from pesticides and fertilizers. Maybe when I learn more I can share with you the recipe and instructions for organic fertilizers. But for now please plant more flowers!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Coleslaw





Ingredients :

2 cups thinly chopped cabbage (about 1/2 big piece)
1 small carrot, peeled and sliced thinly and chopped
2 tbsp thinly chopped onion
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1-2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp white vinegar

Place vegetables in a non metallic container with cover. Mix other ingredients in a bowl and blend. Add to the vegetables, mix until coated and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This will give time for the taste to develop.
Take a small taste and add more of an ingredient to suit your taste.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quick and Easy Jalapeno Poppers



A great appetizer for your at-home sports fans. This stuff is easy to make and is freezer friendly. Make two batches. One for now and the other to freeze for any time you get the urge!



Ingredients:

1 pack wanton wrappers ( molo wrappers )
cream cheese
shredded cheese ( cheddar, monterey jack, and/or mozzarella)
pickled jalapeno chillies in a bottle, chopped

oil for frying



Place 1/4 tsp cream cheese in the middle of your wanton wrapper. then 1/2 teaspoon of shredded cheese and a few pieces of jalapeno chillies.
Moisten the the edges of two sides of your wrapper then fold over to make a triangle. Press wrapper together flat with no air inside.

Deep fry in hot oil for about 30 seconds each.

That quick! Eat alone or with salsa. Enjoy!